Tuesday 11th of August 1903

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Smith, Rigg, Morgan, Howe, Ibbotson, King, Archibald, Elstub, Jones and Abigail.
The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Fallick.

MINUTES
The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE
From the Town Clerk Sydney forwarding a number of copies of a handbill which the city Council has had printed for distribution amongst Hairdressers and Barber’s shops in the interest of the public Health and expressing the hope that this Council may see its way clear to have them distributed amongst Barbers and Hairdressers carrying on business in this Borough.  Received and the bills to be distributed by the Inspector.
From the Under Secretary Department for Lands with reference to the Councils application for the alignment of Enmore Road from Newtown Railway Bridge to Station Street forwarding copy of “form I” with the request that the same may be filled in signed by the Mayor on the behalf of the Borough Council and sealed with the Corporate Seal and returned to the Department together with a deposit of five pounds towards costs.  Received and the corporate seal be affixed and a cheque for £5 forwarded.
From James Trahair Financial Secretary Loyal St John’s Lodge I.O.O.F inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at the laying of the foundation stone of the new Hall Enmore Road on Saturday the 15th instant at 3:30pm by Sir John See K.C.M.G.  Received and invitation (granted) accepted.
From G D Logan asking that the footpath in front of his cottages in Wilson Street which is at present in a very bad state may be asphalted also a piece in front of number 193 Wilson Street.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

REPORTS
The Finance Committee
presented Special Report with reference to a letter received from the Honourable Secretary to the Kingston (Camperdown) Progress Association submitting several proposals for severing from the Camperdown Borough with the view of ultimately amalgamating with the Borough of Newtown recommending: “that a reply be sent suggesting that the Association takes steps to arrange a conference between the Glebe Camperdown and Newtown Councils on the subject.”
Moved by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried: “That the Finance Committees report be and the same is here by adopted.”

The Finance Committee
in submitting the ordinary monthly statement reported having paid under votes of appropriation since 14th July the sum of £819.11.10 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £395.18.11.  The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted his usual statement of accounts since last report of 14th July as follows:
Balance per last statement      £1132.10.11
Deposits              2250.1.11
Outstanding Cheque              12.0.0
To cheques issued     £819.11.10
Balance Cr        2575.1.0         
           £3394.12.10 3394.12.10 
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works carried out and completed under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

The Mayor
submitted a report by the Overseer of Works relative to the condition of the kerb in King Street King Street South and Enmore Road which has been pushed back owing to the pressure caused by the swelling of the wood blocks in wet weather and estimating the cost of taking up and re-fixing the kerb at £556.3.5.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the ordinary work of scavenging the Wards and sweeping the wood blocks was carried out by the contractors during the past fortnight in a satisfactory manner and also the sweeping of the wood blocks during the day by the boy employed thereon.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Jones moved:
1 “That the Council wait upon the Minister for Works as a deputation to urge upon him the necessity of constructing a tramline along Australia Street Newtown commencing at Newtown Bridge and terminating at the Parramatta Road.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail.
Alderman Rigg moved an amendment: “That the Camperdown Council and the members for the district be invited to join on the deputation.”  The mover and seconder concurring the motion as amended was carried.
2  “That the footpaths in Gowrie Street from Hardie Street to Iredale Street be renewed with first-class tarpaving at an estimated cost of £57 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Howe moved:
3 “That the carriageway in Wilson Street from Watkins Street to Erskineville Road be (renewed with first-class tarpaving) remetalled and that a square of tarred metal be put down at the intersection of  Watkins Street and Wilson Street at an estimated cost of £250 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY
To consider letter from the Secretary Municipal Association of New Wales notifying that the 21st Annual Session will be commenced on Tuesday, 15 September next and that the Annual subscription of £2.2.0 is now due.  Alderman Smith moved “That this Council now join the Municipal Association.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and lost.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 25 day of August 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 25th of August 1903

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7:30pm.

PRESENT
The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Howe, Morgan, Smith, Rigg, Ibbotson, Fallick, Archibald, Elstub, Abigail and Jones.

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE

From the President of the Federal Committee Bathurst advising that the Committee have decided to hold a conference on Saturday, August 29 commencing at 10am to discuss the proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution Act in its relation to the Federal Capital and inviting the attendance of representatives from this Council.  Received and to be informed that this Council will support the 1st resolution which is opposed to any amendment of the Constitution Act in the direction of altering the conditions in reference to the Federal Capital.
From the Secretary Shire of Maffia intimating that a conference with representatives of Public bodies in the Commonwealth will be held in the Town Hall Melbourne on the 3rd September at 10 o’clock am to urge that the Constitution be so amended as to admit of either Melbourne or Sydney being the Federal Capital.
Received and the Secretary to be informed that this Council is opposed to any amendment of the Constitution in the direction indicated.
From Robert Hollis M.L.A. stating that he will be pleased to attend a deputation to the Minister for Public Works to urge the proposed tramway along Australia Street from the Newtown Railway Bridge to Parramatta Road.  Received.
From the Roneo Company of Australasia quoting the price of a Roneo Duplicator No 2 Machine at £10.10.0.  Received.
From the Camperdown Borough Council in reply to a letter from this Council inviting the cooperation of that body on a deputation to the Minister for Works to urge the construction of a tramline along Australia Street stating that the communications had been before their Council and received.  Received.
From the Engineer for Tramways with regard to the sweeping of the wood blocks in King Street and Enmore Road stating that no sweeping had been carried out from 30th July to the 8th of the present month of August.  Under the circumstances it is regretted a voucher for the amount can not be passed on the usual monthly account. Received and facts of work being done conveyed to the Department.
From James Trahair on the behalf of the Loyal St John’s Lodge thanking the Mayor and Aldermen for their support and attendance at the function of laying the foundation stone of the new Odd Fellows Hall on Saturday the 15th instant.  Received.

Auditors Report
From Messrs W.H. Cadogan and William Marshall Auditors submitting the Abstract of Receipts and Expenditure for the Half year ended 3rd August and certifying to the correctness of the same.  Received.
From C. T. Burfitt (Box 1144 GPO) calling attention to the danger and inconvenience experienced by persons who happen to change near the Railway gates from trams from the Western suburbs to Elizabeth Street or Castlereagh Street trams and pointing out how this could be avoided by simply allowing the tram section to overlap at the junction of George and King Street and asking this Councils assistance to get the concession.  Received.

REPORTS

The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 24th August and recommending the carrying out of proposed works in Dixon, Gowrie and Watkin Streets.
Moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Morgan: “That the Works Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Carried.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that seven cases of infectious diseases had been notified during the past fortnight and although the scavenging works has been carried out in a satisfactory manner he had to impose a fine of 10/- on the Camden Ward Contractor for tipping in St Peters and the contractor for sweeping the wood blocks was fined a like amount for neglect performance of his work.  Received.

MAYORAL MINUTE

The Mayor submitted a Minute with regard to a building in course of erection in King Street between Queen and Forbes Street the front walls of which when the matter was reported a paid to be on the footpath.  He directed Mr J.P. Sharkey C.E. to make a survey and fix the proper building line with the result that that gentleman now reported that the building in question is encroaching 8 inches.
His Worship added that he had caused a letter to be sent to Mrs Rumpf briefly, conveying to her the text of Mr Sharkey’s letter and urging to remove the encroachment forthwith.  So far this has not been done.
Received together with Mr Sharkey’s report and plan and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands to take the necessary steps to conserve the interests of the Council.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Morgan moved:
1 “That a horse Street sweeper similar to those in use in the City Council be purchased at a cost of £39.10.0.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Rigg moved:
2 “That two lamps be erected in Wilford Lane at an annual cost of
£4 each and referred to the Lighting Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
3 “That a lamp on South side of Pemell Street at intersection of Reiby Street be removed to the North side of Pemell Street and referred to the Lighting Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.
4 “That a lamp in Reiby Street eastern side between Enmore road and Don Street be removed to the Westside and referred to the Lighting Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
5 “That the Lighting Committee be instructed to inspect and report on the advisableness of removing a lamp in Cambridge Street and another in Enmore Road that light from which is obscured by the telephone poles which have been placed close thereby.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

Alderman King to move:
6 That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report re the advisableness of removing the lamb in Missenden road facing Richard Street to the other side.  Lapsed in the absence of the mover.

General Business
Alderman Ibbotson asked that a letter be sent to Mr Inspector Elliott calling his attention to the number of men that assemble outside public houses on the main road on Sundays and expectorate on the footpath to the annoyance of ladies.
The Mayor said that he would have a letter sent.
Has completed the business.

Confirmed this 8 day of September 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

 

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